TV Recap: The Goldbergs, ‘Wingmom’

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I really admire Barry’s (Troy Gentile) false sense of confidence despite the fact that deep down he knows he’s got a lot of issues. His bravado comes back to bite him in the ass once again in the episode titled “Wingmom,” in which Barry signs up for the ROTC. Mama Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is 100% against Barry’s choice to do something dangerous (she actually has a list of career choices he cannot pursue) but Murray (Jeff Garlin) tells Barry to go for it. Barry ends up wimping out and so Beverly (of course) comes to his aid. For any teenager, this would be so embarrassing, but Barry thrives under Beverly babying him. It’s really funny to see the middle child Goldberg playing into his momma’s wishes even though every other young adult would be absolutely ok crawling under a rock at that point.

Meanwhile, Pops (George Segal) and Adam (Troy Giambrone) shed light on their “best pals” story line which hasn’t been seen in quite some time. However, after Pops gives into a time share in Florida, Adam worries that their friendship is in question. Erica (Hayley Orrantia) warms up to Pops because of his purchase, and Adam decides to spend time with his other grandfather (Judd Hirsch). The four encounter each other in the mall and come to verbal blows. We get a “Holy Balls!” from Adam, which is the episode’s comedic highlight if you ask me.

That’s not saying that “Wingmom” is a unfunny episode. It has a handful of chuckle moments, mostly from Beverly. Barry (to me) was off this week in a comedic sense, although his bit with the raisins was really good. I definitely think that Gentile has had better material earlier this season. He’s still portrays such an entertaining character, no matter what.

There is a nice, emotional moment towards the end of the episode, but I won’t spoil it for you. Ultimately, “Wingmom” didn’t fly high, but it still was one of the better showings this season.

Rating: 8/10

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